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    Life in the Philippines continues under strict martial law following a tough clamp-down by President Marcos a week ago to check alleged subversion and corruption.

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    SV Filipinos look in shop windows

    CU Government spokesman makes TV broadcast & people watch & listen (3 shots)

    SV INT. (B&W) Filipinos officers listen to Marcos on TV

    SV Marcos speaks on TV

    CU Liz Trotta, NBC reporter to camera

    GV INT. Detainees lying in bunks (2 shots)

    SV Ditto get food in gymnasium (3 shots)

    SV Detainees in bunk (3 shots)

    LV Detainees talk to wives (3 shots)

    SV Army officer check detainees

    LIZ TROTTA: "On street corners throughout Manila people gathered to hear the latest martial law edicts coming from the Palace. The Marcos Government was in the process of creating what it calls "a new society" - this meant that a lot of people were being fired and that Marcos was working hard to muffle his political opposition. In a show of strength, Marcos called his military commanders together to give them a pep talk - and he put the whole meeting on nationwide television.

    MARCOS: Remember, as a commander, when you go into action you are authorised - with or without martial law - to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent the enemy from utilising his powers against you. And this is true also in martial law. In martial law, the commanding officer, the Commander-in-Chief is authorised to adopt whatever measures, I repeat - and the key there is all the measures necessary to prevent the success of the enemy.

    TROTTA: The Marcos Government has arrested 122 people and released four. These people are considered subversives but, in fact, many of them are not Communists at all but simply critics of the Marcos Government. The prisoners, or detainees as the Government likes to call them, were taken to two military camps. One of them is Camp (INDISTINCT). There's a group of 75 political prisoners here - they're quartered in a gymnasium where the soldiers usually play basket-ball. The Camp commander said these detainees would he held temporarily. The more important prisoners, he said, such as three Senators and the publisher of the Manila Times, will be dealt with separately. There are Filipinos here from many parts of the society - student leaders, newspaper editors, writers, intellectuals, politicians and, basically, anyone who has consistently opposed Marcos. NBC News was ordered not to talk to the prisoners, but friends and relatives were allowed to visit and hold conversations. Where - and how - these detainee will fit into the new society of President Marcos, isn't clear yet. As long as there is martial law, there will be no civil rights. But, as the first week drew to a close, there was no challenge to the Government's crackdown and the Army was in Complete control. This is Liz Trotta, NBC News, in Manila, The Philippines."

    Martial law continues in the Philippines following the recent clamp-down by President Marcos on what he calls subversion, corruption, and a communist plot to overthrow his government. For filipinos, life goes on almost as normal, although eyes and ears are always tuned for latest edicts from the presidential palace.

    In s show of strength, President Marcos gave his military commanders a pep talk, seen in its entirety on nationwide television.

    IN:"Remember, as a commander....."

    OUT:"....success of the enemy".

    President Marcos has had at least one-hundred-and-twenty people arrested and has released only four. According to the President, those detained are subversives. The prisoners...or detainee as they're officially called... are kept in two military camps. This group of severity-five are being housed in the camp gymnasium, where they are well fed and given plenty of chance to relax. The camp commander says they'll be hold temporarily. More important prisoners such as there senators and the publisher of the Manila Times, will be dealt with separately. Bulk of the detainee are student leaders, journalists, politicians and intellectuals who have opposed the Marcos government openly and actively.

    Reporters from abroad are not allowed to talk to the detainee, but friends and relatives are allowed to visit and converse with them. What will happen eventually to these Filipinos is not known. But as long as there is martial law in the Philippines there are no civil rights....therefore no right to dissent. And now, after a week of President Marcos' clamp-down, the army is in complete control.

    Initials SGM/2230

    N.B.C. reporter Liz Trotta sends this story from Manila (an alternative commentary is provided overleaf):-

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Life in the Philippines continues under strict martial law following a tough clamp-down by President Marcos a week ago to check alleged subversion and corruption.

    Fighting what he calls "a Communist conspiracy to topple the government" President Marcos has jailed at least 120 people. And by Saturday (30 Sept) 5,521 firearms had been sized or surrendered. According to police figures there are 400,000 licensed firearms in the hand of civilians throughout the country.

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